Monthly Archives: October 2011

Displays, storage, and sacred things

“Among the treasures and other booty that was taken from Darius, there was a very precious casket, which being brought to Alexander for a great rarity, he asked those about him what they thought fittest to be laid up in it; and when they had delivered their various opinions, he told them he should keep Homer’s Iliad in it.” – page 26, The Life of Alexander the Great

The Life of Alexander the Great

The Life of Alexander the Great by Plutarch

My books rest on a bookshelf with no real order to them. To place them chronologically, or to place them alphabetically by author or by title, does not suit me. If anything, they are arranged by size; the top shelf and bottom shelf are both smaller than the middle shelf. All my small books stand with their spines exposed on the top shelf, kept upright by a horizontal stack of books that are too tall to stand up straight. The books on the middle shelf are of varying heights, but all are too tall for the top shelf. The books on the bottom shelf remain horizontally stacked because they are also too tall to stand up straight. This is not organized, but it suits me. Continue reading

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Update – 10/24/11

October 24, 2011 – The next two books I’m going to read are The Life of Alexander the Great (by Plutarch) and As I Lay Dying (by William Faulkner). I haven’t read The Life of Alexander the Great since middle school, and I’ve had As I Lay Dying for about a year and I’ve started it several times, always getting sidetracked when I tried to read it. Since these are actually relatively short books I hope to have both of them read by this Saturday, meaning that there should be new posts coming sometime this week or early next week.

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October 24, 2011 · 3:41 am

On pictures and details

“I had known that tune in my infancy, but it had long since passed out of my mind.” – Old Major, Animal Farm, page 11

Cover of Signet Classics' edition of George Orwell's Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I’m searching through the hidden drawers of my parents’ coffee tables. Hidden behind the tug of rings in the mouths of discolored, protruding lion heads, there are piles of unframed photographs, memories stored but unframed. In some pictures, my parents are years younger and much thinner, standing on beaches and on rocks on foreign islands. I’ve been told this is from their honeymoon. Today, it is not their past that concerns me. Continue reading

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First book: Animal Farm

October 19, 2011 – Since I do need an entry on the site for the time being, I might as well say that the first book I’m going to read is Animal Farm by George Orwell. I’ve read it several times, and since it is a quick read, that should give me a chance to find a sentence or two to write about. I’ll also take the time to say what this blog will not do. Since I want to focus on content creation, I won’t be summarizing the plot points of books. I also won’t be reviewing books. If someone leaves a comment asking whether or not I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, I will say so, but the entries on this blog won’t be dedicated to book reviews.

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October 19, 2011 · 1:58 pm